Education

Remaining bond money available for projects

The Unit 7 school district has some decisions to make about its bond issues.
Superintendent Andy Larson explained that of the $5.3 million in alternate revenue source general obligation school bonds the district issued in April, $2.3 million remains from that bond issue after paying for a roof project and window replacements at Unity High School.


Carrie Busey Elementary has storybook character parade

Family and friends were invited to Carrie Busey Elementary School on Halloween to watch as students dressed as their favorite storybook characters paraded through the school.
 


Unity East Elementary holds Halloween parade

On Oct. 31, Unity East Elementary School hosted its annual Halloween parade and classroom parties.On Oct. 31, Unity East Elementary School hosted its annual Halloween parade and classroom parties.


Family book night held

Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy hosted a book fair and family night last Wednesday.


Bid approved for new wrestling facility

The Unit 7 school board Wednesday approved a $271,865 bid from Morton Building for a new wrestling facility for Unity High School.
Other bids received included one for $300,848 from Building Systems of Illinois and one for $322,500 from Construction and Design.
“They (the bids) were a little higher than I expected,” Superintendent Andy Larson told the board.


Class raises money for hurricane relief

Unity Junior High School teacher Heather Ennis’ eighth-grade Quest class recently designed a service project to raise hundreds of dollars that they will donate to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
Late last month, the class began by brainstorming ideas for various possible service projects.


Unity homecoming week’s activities scheduled

Unity High School is celebrating Homecoming 2017 the week of Sept. 11 through 16. Student Council chose the theme “Journey to the Jungle” and is sponsoring dress-up days to promote the energy that always surrounds a Rocket Homecoming. Monday is Patriot Monday in honor and memory of Sept. 11, Patriot Day.


Meet the new staffers at area schools

In an effort to help our readers get to know the new staff members at area schools better, The County Star submitted a variety of questions to them.

Read the full story in the Sept. 7 issue of The County Star.


Members endorse tentative budget

The Unit 7 school board on Wednesday unanimously approved a tentative version of the fiscal year 2017-28 budget, which will be on display Aug. 18 to Sept. 20, when a public hearing will be held on it before final approval.


Budget ended with positive figures

Despite the state’s financial woes, the Unit 7 school district is maintaining a positive fund balance at the end of the fiscal year.
Superintendent Andy Larson told the school board Wednesday that the education, building and transportation funds all have positive balances.
“We’re in a place 95 percent of the districts are not,” Larson said.


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